As promised, I finally got this backpack tutorial put together. I have made four of them now (one for each of my older kids). It is a really simple project and you can make all kinds of different colors and patterns of backpacks. I made each of the backpacks from scrap fabric I had hanging around and used ribbon I had around. If you know how to sew a straight line you can probably whip this backpack out in under 20 minutes. I am giving one to each of my kids on the last day of school. I have them filled with fun summer supplies. If you want to see all the fun summer adventure items I filled the backpack with click here.
Easy Pull String Backpack Tutorial
You will need:
Fabric 1/2 yard
Coordinating fabric for pocket
7/8 inch Ribbon approx 2 yds
Cut on the fold a rectangle of fabric 18″ x 15″ (if you don’t cut on the fold it’s actually 36″ x 15″) Its great to cut on the fold because the fold becomes your bottom seam and it saves you some sewing.
Next, you need to cut your pocket. I cut mine 6″ x 8″ so that I could fit a field journal in it for my kids Summer Explorer Kit. You can cut the pocket any size that you like. Just make sure you add in the extra inch on each side for the seams.
Hem each short side of the backpack fabric 1 1/2″. That way it is big enough to thread ribbon through the seam and make the straps for your backpack. Also sew under each edge of your pocket about 1/2″.
Pin your pocket onto the front of your backpack. Make sure to only pin to the front side of your backpack. Don’t sew it onto both pieces or else you’ll have some trouble. After you pin it, sew on the same seams you made when you hemmed the pocket under.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon about a yard each (that fits your average 4-6 year old nicely) then thread the ribbon through one side of the hem of the backpack and then back through the other side. When you are finished with this the ribbon is going to be coming out the same side as you put it in.
Now do the exact same thing but in the opposite direction. Your backpack should now look like this.
This part looks tricky, but it is absolutely not. You just have to place the long sides together (with the backpack inside out) and sew the seam on the side. The tricky part is that you need to make sure the ribbon is on the inside of the backpack and then have the ends poke out the very bottom of the seam so that you end up sewing the ends into the seam. Do this for both sides of the backpack.
Turn the backpack right side out and it’s finished!! It is cheap and simple to make and you can make one for many reasons. You can use it for a travel bag, a preschool backpack or whatever you can come up with!! Your kids will love having a backpack made just for them!